The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a study that shows younger women are far more likely to die than men in an equivalent car crash.
NHTSA released a 349-page report that analyzed 50 years of crash data, showing that women drivers between the ages of 21-30 have a 25.9 percent higher chance of dying in an equivalent car crash than men. The report also says that as early as age 18, men have a better chance of surviving the same crash than women.
Strangely enough, the male’s advantage of surviving a car crash begins to diminish after age 35 and by 70, both male and female drivers are about equally at risk. In fact, women between the ages of 65-74 have a 1.4 percent lower risk of dying in a similar crash than men.
Most of this makes sense considering younger men are larger and stronger than women, making them likely to survive a crash of identical force. On average, the risk of a woman dying in a crash is 17 percent more than men for all ages and seating position.
The good news is, the overall risk of dying in a car accident has fallen 42 percent from 1955 until 2002 thanks to air bags, increased seat belt use, and other safety requirements.
[Source: The Detroit News]